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Dave Ryan

Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado

Dave Ryan is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC), the oldest and largest youth mentoring agency in the state. While CEO, Ryan has launched an innovative new mentoring program called Mentor2.0, which matches every high school sophomore at four Colorado high schools with a college-educated adult mentor to assist with high-school graduation and post-secondary success. BBBSC has been recognized with the 2016 Denver Metro Chamber Nonprofit of the Year Award, the 2016 ColoradoBiz Top Company Award (Nonprofit Category) and the 2014 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Trust. 

Dave is a member of the 2018 cohort of the Colorado Governors Fellows. He was a finalist for the 2016 ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year Award and was also a 2014 recipient of the Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellowship, which provides advanced learning and professional development opportunities to promising nonprofit leaders who hold a significant leadership role in Colorado’s nonprofit sector.

Prior to BBBS, Dave was the Chief Operating Officer at CiviCore, a software company that improves the use of information in nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies. In addition to his work at CiviCore, Dave was also the Managing Director for Green Spark Ventures, a Colorado-based venture fund focusing on early stage alternative energy and cleantech companies. 

Dave holds a BA from the University of Virginia in Economics and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He has served in leadership roles on the boards of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including Albeo Technologies, The Spot, Urban Peak, the Boulder Philharmonic, The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, and the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.

Dave lives in Denver with his wife and two athletic boys, and enjoys getting outdoors through skiing, hiking and biking.